This article is from the The Wedding Present FAQ, by Kevin Behrens (firstname.lastname@example.org) with numerous contributions by others.
David Gedge: "I've always thought that The Wedding Present was
an inappropriate name for a pop group--more like a poem, or a
book or something--and therefore quite attractive (to me!).
I've also always been fascinated by Weddings...those surreal
performances where the audience plays an integral part--the joy,
the sadness, the passion...all unfolding firstly in a house
where God is served and ultimately in a house where beer is
served...the knife inserted ritually into the virginal white
cake to reveal the dark fruity interior...that ugly pagan
concept of the father handing over his daughter to her new
master...the mothers crying because they're losing a daughter,
"I used to be a huge Birthday Party fan and although I'd thought
of 'The Wedding Present' about ten or eleven years ago, I
decided it was a bit too similar and hence called the band I was
in THE LOST PANDAS. By the time our first single came out in
1985, TBP were dead and gone so I felt more comfortable
reverting to my original idea."